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Now it’s time for the why.
What was your main reason for joining a virtual world, the first time? If you comment, why not tell us when that was and what world.
2007 Second Life!
I think most of us tried Second Life first:). I did too.
I voted other because I found vitual worlds an interesting medium to role play in an online community
Love the avatar pic Talia:). I’m probably the only one that has role played in Twitter, but not in Second Life…
Curiosity got me… while on a business trip one of the inflight magazine articles was all about this new thing called Second Life… being avid vid game players just had to check it out … this was spring of 2006
Someone said that spring 2006 was the last generation of early adopters. So we’re both pioneers then:)
I saw CSI New York 2007-2008 with that flying blue bear and wanted to be a flying bear myself (true). But i couldnt log in so almost a year went but oct 2008 i was sick at home from work and bored. I logged in and got stuck. Im still blue
In 2007 I was in IRC with some netquantances, and one of them brought up that he was on SL and wondered who else was, or wanted to be. I’d heard of SL before and had been vaguely interested but hadn’t gotten around to joining until then. I created an account, using my nick as the first name and Loon as the last. I then installed the viewer, went to run it… and it simply popped up a dialog box telling me I didn’t have a 32bit display, so it couldn’t operate. It took me until 2009 to get a better machine that could run the viewer, and I never looked back.
A month or two in, I read in the SL forums about the concept of kid-avs, and how some people were happily reliving their childhoods in SL, or having a different childhood than the one they’d had in reality, or such, and I was like “Oh, HEY…! 😀 I once wanted to write a sci-fi novel about that concept, ‘cept in a more The Matrix-y sort of VR…. I WANT THIS!!!”
I decided it was best to create an alt, to stick my foot in the water of being a kid-av, since the SL name I had was already tied to a persona I’d carefully cultivated under that name since 1985, and it didn’t make sense to kid-ify him…
So, I picked a name from a character I’d created years back for a shared-world creative-writing thing, having decided I wanted to base my persona on that character, and then spent days hunting through the available surnames on some website that tracked all SL surnames, looking for the perfect last name that fit with the wonderfulness of childhood. I wanted something that exuded adorableness, I picked a bunch of suitable last names, but eventually I narrowed it down to Adored, since that was what came the closest to Adorable I could get.
After I created the alt, I spent a little bit of time as him, but more time as my original self… but over time I gradually wound up spending more time as Nathan and eventually only occasionally logged in as my original self. Now, I spend just about all my virtual-reality time as Nathan, though now I’m spending a LITTLE more time as another kid-av alt that I made to try out the prospect of being a little vampire, since it didn’t fit the persona of Nathan to make HIM a vampire. >>giggles<<
Now, all my alts have a bedroom in my skybox on SL. Okay, almost all of them: I didn't make a bedroom for my Borg alt, but that one I made just because I'd come up with a Borg name pun that I couldn't resist. (Wait foorrrrrr iiiittt!) Ernest Borg9! **DUCKS!**
Incidentally, not long after I created the Nathan self… I also got onto a couple of the different opensim grids… and have been on several over the years, some of them sadly long gone. Most of them primarily as Nathan. On two or three of them I've recreated all or most of my alts, though again mostly I log on as Nathan there.
Have had anymore thought about combinding writing and the virtual world? It’s an interesting idea that I’ve been thinking about doing too.
The thought HAS crossed my mind. 😀
I read about U2 visiting There in 2002, but didn’t have a computer that could run anything until 2005. I came across the post that mentioned U2 and decided to check out There and see what it was like. I met a woman in There who took me to SL but she kept getting stalked by people and that creeped me out…I got a new computer in 2007 and kept going back to SL from time to time. I decided to make a commited go of it in 2009 and have been here ever since.
The computer I had when I first got an account in SL wasn’t really enough, but I learned how to zoom a lot and jump sit to go places LOL. It was fun to be there even though everything was too slow. I met a lot of friendly people that teleported me to different places
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